Just have to say that i love your photographs. Even the "dirtiest" of urban scenes has a beauty to it.
They are cool. Bet they'd be even cooler in B/W, especially that ghostly "Service Supply" building next to the RR underpass. (Is that the house of a thousand screws? It's way smaller than the "House of a Million Screws" that is now a jail.)
Thanks for the comments! I'm sure there's still a few 'screws' there...It is a correctional facility after all ;-)
Stunning photos! I would "kill" to have your eye. (note the quotation marks, so folks would see that I wouldn't actually commit an act of homicide...) These images call to mind the greats like Walker Evans. Simply beautiful. And all the more haunting for the absence of people. As to the age old debate of color vs. BW, I usually do come down on the side of BW but I think with your eye for light, the color is perfect. Just MHO, but as per thundermutt's suggestion I will take a look sans color. You really do have talent. Are you a pro?
My comments are from the perspective of someone who learned to see light with one eye, through the viewfinder of a Pentax shooting Tri-X. (For those of you under 35, I used a now-obsolete 35mm SLR camera with no gimmicks or gadgets other than a lightmeter and a focus circle, and I had to set the f-stop and shutter speed myself. It made a really loud and satisfying ker-chunk when taking a shot. I used it with very high-speed and grainy B/W film that my buddy and I developed and printed ourselves.)If Heidelberger takes less than 20-30 shots to get each of these really good ones, he IS a pro whether he gets paid or not!ps. The CCB photo manages to make the entry look warm and inviting on the outside. Amazing work.
Thanks for the compliments! I'm blushing...My professional trade is actually in software development, but much of my personal time does go into photography.As for the B&W debate, I love B&W photos and it would have normally been my instinct to shoot many of these photos in B&W, but at the time of taking these, it was warm, and there was major snow meltage...and I think, somehow that warmth subconsciously made its way in my choice to use the colors and contrasts that I did.
I see you got that shot of the east side of the Barnes & Thornburg building on picture no. 8. The building is nothing great but that turned inside out look intrigues me. No doubt they did it to save money rather than any conscious attempt at expressionism.
A currently demolished building probably used to flank that side of the building; if this be the case, that back side most likely was an afterthought.
A currently demolished building probably used to flank that side of the building; if this be the case, that back side most likely was an afterthought.That makes sense, though there is a shorter building on that side of the B&T building that looks fairly old too. That mural I mentioned before that Wyland wanted to paint over is still on the east side of that short building. I wonder if there is a picture somewhere of what the B&T building looked like when it was new.
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